Fiorina warns Trump he's going to hear a lot from her tonight.

Fiorina warns Trump he’s going to hear a lot from her tonight.

“At the Reagan Library, you’re going to hear people, I suspect… who deny climate change. I think if you pushed them they’d probably deny gravity as well.” – Vice President Joe Biden [CNN]

ON CNN earlier today Jake Tapper, who is the lead moderator for tonight’s Reagan Library debate, said that he wants the candidates to spar, to debate each other. Tapper’s plan to encourage the candidates to talk to each other, make their case and debate each other on the issues. If this happens it would change debating forever.

Viewers might actually here something beyond their stump speech and talking points. Tapper’s plan certainly fits the mood of the primary season.

Unlike Fox News Channel, CNN.com will stream live for those who don’t have cable, but there’s also CNNgo.

Fiorina in a CNBC interview with John Harwood.

In a predebate Speakeasy interview, Fiorina warned with a chuckle: “Mr. Trump’s going to be hearing quite a lot from me.”

[…]”Ours was intended to be a citizen government,” she said. “Here are the experiences, the skills that a president needs: an understanding of how the economy works. I have it. An understanding of how the world works and who’s in it.

“I have more foreign policy, world-leader experience than anyone running as a Republican,” she added. “An understanding of how bureaucracies work and how to cut them down to size. An understanding of how technology works, pretty important now. It’s a tool and a weapon. And an understanding of leadership.

Fiorina concluded: “I believe I am the most qualified candidate running in either party to be president of the United States. And I think more and more voters are starting to agree with me.”

My husband came home with a story about Fiorina last night he heard on NPR. A young girl gets turned down and goes to the dean of the school to make her case. He not only makes a spot for her, but she becomes invaluable to him in his work as his assistant. That’s paraphrasing, but it’s the gist of it.

The upshot is that nobody gave anything to Carly Fiorina, which is the story of most ambitious women in this country. That doesn’t mean we won’t make mistakes. Just look at the men who women have helped elect president. Carly Fiorina’s made plenty, but so has Hillary Clinton.

At least this election cycle both sides have competent, experienced and gifted women making the case for why she should be president. No matter the outcome, once again history is being made.

It’s too bad the Democratic party doesn’t have a debate planned for September. That makes the stakes for the October 13 debate high. The best outcome being that Joe Biden would join the other candidates on the stage.

One thing in Donald Trump’s favor tonight is that Tom Brady did all but endorse him today. It’s trending on Twitter. Wonder how long it will take for him to mention it. He’s even hinted he might “tone it down,” because when he talked to the CBN, he was told by David Brody that evangelicals said they might consider voting for him, but he had to stop the insults.

When Brady was asked about a “Make American Great Again” hat that was previously spotted in his locker, he said the hat is a “nice keepsake” and that it would be “great” if Trump won the election. [CNN]


Update: So it began… Questions about Trump, Trump, Trump, until it got embarrassing. Carly blinked, didn’t take the punch at Donald Trump. Looks fabulous in a deep blue suit. …and she’s back. Walks all over Marco Rubio, blood everywhere. Jeb tweets evidence of Trump re: Florida casino deal. A retort so quick she proved Van Jones’s comment that “her mind’s so lethal it should be registered as a weapon.” But nothing beat the move Donald Trump made while Ben Carson was talking about being against the Iraq war. Trump reached out for a high five and Carson clasped his hand. Carly Fiorina was fierce and even though I don’t agree with her politically she studied, knew her foreign policy portfolio backwards and forwards. A huge step forward. Trump kept throwing to Chris Christie, too. They’re measuring the drapes, folks. Later Carly equates “drug addiction” and marijuana use. Wrong. WINNERS: Carly killed it; Rubio and Christie had good nights; Carson came down to earth (lousy on foreign policy). EVEN: Trump. WORSTS: WALKER.